From Northeast Philadelphia to King of Prussia, Amazon.com Inc.’s real estate footprint continues to grow throughout the tri-state area and the company now occupies a tad more than 13 million square feet between expansive fulfillment centers and last-mile distribution facilities.
That figure doesn’t include the large warehouses or other properties the company leases in Central and North Jersey or out in the western part of Pennsylvania. For example, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) operates a 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Findlay in Allegheny County and occupies several smaller buildings for last-mile distribution.
The Philadelphia Business Journal mapped Amazon’s expansive footprint across the region using internal research.
The map doesn’t include Whole Foods locations or new Amazon grocery stores the company plans to open in the region. For example, the company has signed a lease on 40,000 square feet for one of its new grocery stores at a planned mixed-use project at 5th and Spring Garden streets the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. It has plans for several other stores in Bucks County.
The data does include a new 1-million-square-foot distribution center in Berks County that Amazon opened last November, adding to the 14 large fulfillment centers it operates across the state and bringing to more than 10,000 the number of people it employs in Pennsylvania, according to the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development. At the new facility in Berks, the company expected to hire 1,000 full-time employees.
Zoom in on the map below and click on the points for details on each of Amazon’s 29 leased properties in the tri-state area. The brown points indicate fulfillment centers, which are larger in size than the last-mile distribution centers identified on the map using blue points.
Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $8.5 billion in Pennsylvania, including customer fulfillment and cloud infrastructure, research facilities, and compensation to its employees, according to DCED.
More recently, Amazon has been leasing smaller buildings as it creates a network of last-mile distribution centers across the region to fill and deliver online orders in an even faster time.
Expect Amazon to lease more of these buildings as it continues to expand its reach throughout the tri-state area and dominate retailing. These smaller buildings are located in office and industrial parks close to densely populated areas as well as right in the heart of several Philadelphia neighborhoods.
By leasing space in an office park or neighborhood around the block, Amazon has become not only a force in retailing but as an occupier of space and an employer throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. It is one of the fastest-growing companies throughout the tri-state area.
Across the Delaware River In New Jersey, Amazon has more than 13,000 employees working in distribution centers as well as its Audible.com subsidiary. It’s also growing in the Garden State. Amazon plans to open late this year a 1.25-million-square-foot distribution center at 742 Courses Landing Road in Carney’s Point in Salem County. The site, which will be Amazon’s 15th in New Jersey, will employ 800 people.
It’s growing in Delaware as well. In addition, it plans to also open later this year an 820,000-square-foot distribution center at a former General Motors plant on Boxwood Road in Wilmington. Delaware’s Council on Development Finance approved a $4.5 million grant from the state’s Strategic Fund for the project.
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